School of Artillery Conducts Exercise ‘Sarvatra Prahar’ at Devlali Field Firing Ranges

School of Artillery Conducts Exercise
‘Sarvatra Prahar’ at Devlali Field Firing Ranges

 “Ex Sarvatra Prahar” was conducted by the School of Artillery at Devlali on 08 & 11 January 2016, where a plethora of equipment showcasing the Regiment of Artillery was employed and its firepower displayed. The exercise was conducted through a tactical situation requiring an appreciation of the operation and preparation of an Artillery fire plan in support of the operation.

          During the exercise the entire range of guns, from the indigenous 120 mm Mortars,  155 mm Soltam, 105 mm Indian Field Gun, 105 mm Light Field Gun, 130 mm Medium Gun to the sophisticated 155 mm FH 77B Bofors and 122 mm Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher GRAD BM 21, demonstrated their destructive power. The ‘Gunners’ demonstrated accuracy, consistency and the overwhelming power of the Artillery by simultaneous engagement of targets with a number of guns.

          An array of new generation rocket and missile systems like Pinaka, Smerch and a model of Brahmos missile were also displayed. Surveillance and Target Acquisition equipment like the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Surveillance Sensors and Weapon Locating Radars were also showcased during the exercise. These Surveillance and Target Acquisition devices, when used in conjunction with the guns, are capable of enhancing the effect of fire power, thereby acting as Force multipliers.

          A special draw was the Combat Free Fall by Special Forces team and Cheetah and Chetak helicopters flown by Army Aviators, which airlifted a 120 mm mortar as part of the exercise for delivering firepower resources to inaccessible areas.

          The event was witnessed by officers of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Cadets from National Defence Academy (NDA), Young Officers from College of Military Engineering (CME) and Military Institute of Technology, Pune. Lieutenant General J George, Commandant, School of Artillery, interacted with various participants and delegations who attended the event. Apart from this, a large number of school children and NCC cadets also attended the display, which gave them a glimpse of the might of the Indian Army’s arm of Artillery and motivated the young minds.



Army Day Seminar on Capability Development and Indigenisation of Indian Army in a Futuristic Context 

A two day Seminar on “Capability Development and Indigenisation of Indian Army in a Futuristic Context” has commenced at the Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt, today. The Seminar, being organised by the Indian Army on 11 and 12 January is one of the major initiatives in the run-up to the Army Day this year. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri inaugurated the Seminar. General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff and Lt Gen MMS Rai, Vice Chief of the Army Staff were present along with other senior officers from the MoD, the armed forces, DRDO and the strategic community. 

Delivering the inaugural address, Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar stressed for calibrating own capability and response due to increased challenges in the prevalent security scenario. He further added that ‘Make in India’ is a mindset and requires complete synergy between all stakeholders. He expressed the hope that seminar would throw up fresh ideas on the stated theme of the seminar. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh highlighted the importance of capability development and indigenisation. He said that capability development is an ongoing process which is vital for any organization for its growth. The COAS also added that the success of any army depends on latest technology and its absorption by the user. With regards to the indigenisation, he mentioned that the national focus, today, is towards indigenization in the form of ‘Make in India’ Initiative. 

The two day event seeks to carry out comprehensive appraisal of the capability development needs of the Indian Army, current status and future challenges. The discussions will focus on exploring different approaches to meet sustainable capability development keeping indigenisation as the core mantra within. 

The Raksha Mantri also inaugurated an exhibition displaying products by defence industries. The industry was represented in large number by senior representatives and project leaders from leading companies in the defence sector. 

Ministry of Steel

RINL Inks MoU with Andhra Government Facilitating Investments in the State RINL to Make an Investment of around Rs 38500 Crores 

RINL, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant inked an MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh today during the “22nd CII Partnership Summit & 1st Sunrise AP Investment Meet” currently being held in Visakhapatnam. The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and RINL agreed on the importance of infrastructure and industrial development in Andhra Pradesh and agreed for mutual cooperation for facilitating investments in Andhra Pradesh. 

The MoU envisages facilitating investment of around Rs. 38,500 crores by RINL to take up various projects at Visakhapatnam with an employment opportunity to around 3000 people. Shri PC Mohapatra, Director (Projects), RINL and Shri Kartikeya Misra, IAS, Director of Industries, Government of Andhra Pradesh exchanged the MoU copies for establishing the following projects. 

• Expansion of RINL to 7.3 mtpa & modernization with an investment of Rs 3,600 crores. 

• Construction of Coke Oven Battery-5 and other projects at an investment of Rs 3,400 crores. 

• Further expansion of RINL to 11.5 - 12 mtpa with an estimated investment of Rs 25,000 crores. 

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